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    Hmmm.... when the trolling motor dies ...
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    I have kept two old brush cutters with the intent of replacing the line head on the end of the shaft with a small propeller, and attaching a cordless drill to the other end, resulting in a lightweight long tail boat motor. I'm sure it must have been done by now but I haven't seen one. JayInOz

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayInOz View Post
    I have kept two old brush cutters with the intent of replacing the line head on the end of the shaft with a small propeller, and attaching a cordless drill to the other end, resulting in a lightweight long tail boat motor. I'm sure it must have been done by now but I haven't seen one. JayInOz
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    Why do I suddenly have visions of outboard motors being connected to a saw blade.......?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayInOz View Post
    I have kept two old brush cutters with the intent of replacing the line head on the end of the shaft with a small propeller, and attaching a cordless drill to the other end, resulting in a lightweight long tail boat motor. I'm sure it must have been done by now but I haven't seen one. JayInOz
    I did that about 15 years ago Jay. 4" 3 blade plastic prop in a cage bought second hand. Picked up the brush cutter from a council throw out. Way too strong for my 16ft saiing canoe, a bit too fast and you have to be careful in turns or you capsize very quickly!!
    I carved a modified Gondoliers rowlock so the motor sat outboard and put an extension on the exhaust……. very fumy otherwise………and you'll need earplugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    I did that about 15 years ago Jay. 4" 3 blade plastic prop in a cage bought second hand. Picked up the brush cutter from a council throw out. Way too strong for my 16ft saiing canoe, a bit too fast and you have to be careful in turns or you capsize very quickly!!
    I carved a modified Gondoliers rowlock so the motor sat outboard and put an extension on the exhaust……. very fumy otherwise………and you'll need earplugs.
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    I want to use the shaft, not the motor, and attach it to a cordless drill. I have a really heavy straight one on what was a really powerful brush cutter, and the other one bends ninety degrees near the end- it's just a little cheapie lightweight whipper snipper. I thought the one with the bend might work well upside down so the prop is actually pushing straight back in the water. I'll probably never get around to it- but I think about it every time I have to move them while trying to get to something else in the shed

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